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Farraday - 2013 Shade Of Love

ARTIST: Farraday
ALBUM: Shade Of Love
YEAR: 2013


LINEUP: Roy Da Vis - vocals, guitars, keyboards, backing vocals * Stathis Spiliotopoulos - drums, bass, backing vocals

Guest Musicians: Ada Livitsanou - vocals * Jimmy Serra - bass * John Tabakakis - keyboards * Chris Crystal - drums * Mike Vlatakis - sax

TRACK LISTING: 01 One Way Ticket To Hollywood * 02 Rock U (The Old Fashion Way) * 03 Shade Of Love * 04 Can't Get Enough * 05 Breakin' Down * 06 Tonight * 07 Can't Wait On Love * 08 Out Of Nowhere * 09 There For You * 10 When Passion Burns


Talk about getting carried away. I had one listen to the first track of this new Greek project Farraday, and I was singing up its praises. But then I listened to the remainder of the album and my praise faded away like a deflated balloon. Oh dear. A shame really, as this duo have the makings of something potentially useful. From Athens, there is certainly no complaint with the music from my perspective, it's just that the vocals suck big time. The main guy in this band Roy Da Vis can't decide whether he wants to be AOR or glam. Sure, you can have a bit of both but in saying that, you have to be good (like really good a la Reckless Love for instance). Unfortunately for Farraday that's not quite the case here.

The Songs
There are some tremendous musical passages on the album, and the production is pretty reasonable too. The lead off track 'One Way Ticket To Hollywood' is definitely very good, and without doubt is one of the standout tracks with keyboard splashes everywhere. The keyboard work is very similar to fellow Greeks Wild Rose and to 90's British AORsters Passion Street plus a dash of 80's styled FM (UK), though not in the same class to be fair. Roy's vocals really does drag the whole thing down unfortunately, and it seems I'm not the only person who's noticed this as a few other reviews have picked up on it as well. Still, the band soldier on with some good arrangements elsewhere; 'Breakin' Down' is one of these so too the mainly guitar rocker 'Out Of Nowhere'. The ballad 'There For You' was something they probably shouldn't have attempted, unless you want to use it for sleep experiments. The dreaded sax poked its nose onto this song which didn't help matters either. What is it with the sax appearing on hard rock albums? Given my recent blast of Osukaru on this, I would hope that other bands take notice of this appalling use of the instrument within the melodic rock genre!

In Summary
As I said, some good musical ideas, though admittedly not very original either. I like the use of their keyboards; Roy just needs to have a think about how he handles vocals for next time. Approach with caution, which was something I didn't do.

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#1 | DEMONAOR on August 02 2013 06:39:29
A Greek tragedy George lol.
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